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Friday, June 1, 2012

June 2012 Alphabet "A"

Oh yeah! See, there IS good things that come from going to school with my kid! I got to design while supervising inside of classes - hehe. Most of his teachers are wonderful. Most. I'm not a fan of the Spanish Teacher. I think he gave up on my son months ago. And really, Jake can be a punk. But most of that is the Aspergers. Jake himself is a very nice child. The Aspergers sucks, though...

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So, I can't even remember when I blogged last. PEAKS called and let Jake come home. His first day was good, but then fell apart in the evening. Come to find out, he was trying to smuggle meds to another kid. He's so "gullible" for lack of a better word. He'll do whatever the other kids tell him to for approval. And I'm not sure how to convince him to stop.

Anyway, we got him back on his meds, and he seemed to be doing MUCH better. Our campout over the weekend went VERY well. He was trying SUPER hard to be on his best behavior, and had a ton of fun. He and his dad got along very well. Then school started back up on Tuesday, and he didn't even mind having me along too much.

I followed him around, and we transferred him out of PE and into ROTC. Too many triggers in the PE class. I think there may have been an incident at home that night, but I'm not sure. I can't remember. I did take the kids to the pool on Tuesday night, and they had a TON of fun.

On Wednesday, we had school again, and it was just really long and boring. After school, I took the kids to the baseball game to see the local team play. Joe's team got to go on the field and meet the players. Jake was to do his homework and make up work there. He was pretty good the entire time, and got a whole unit of Geography done.

We didn't get home until around 10pm. But then at bedtime, he and his dad had some issues. I'd taken my meds, so I'm not even sure what it was about. But it was bad. Jake and his Aspergers comes off a HUGE disrespect to CPT, and CPT doesn't take it well. Then CPT doesn't back down, and gets his tender feelings hurt. So things get worse and worse and worse.... Yeah, not a good situation. Feelings were definitely hurt. Then it was finally over, and CPT didn't think that I backed him up. Yeah, cause I was on Topomax.... Sigh.

Anyway, that brings us to Thursday. I got the kids off to school, the administered a random drug test on Jake. He came back clean. Thank goodness! He was grouchy though. I think he just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. And CPT was still grouchy from the night before too. Maybe that had something to do with it too...

Jake and I got to school on time, and while he was in ROTC, I turned in his books. We just needed to find a World Geography book. I wonder where it went... He was SUPER grouchy and agitated today. Later, we realized that he hadn't taken his meds. That makes sense! He was actually the one who realized it!

I really really had fun in ROTC with Jake today. The kids in charge had the others stand at attention, and then quizzed them for the test. When they got questions wrong, they had to do push ups. I just really like all of the positive attitudes and team work-age going on in the class! It's a GREAT environment! I would 100% encourage ANY high schooler to go out for ROTC!!! Great program :) Great role models! There was order and discipline, but there was caring and kindness and no one was pushed harder than what they could do, either. Well done, ROTC. This mom was very impressed.

Next class was Math. I SO love that teacher. She's awesome. I designed in that class. And eventually got Jake to read a bit in his book. He didn't want to listen to me today. At all. Sigh. I totally should have known about the meds!

Then we had lunch. Yummy sandwiches again! But no jalapeno today! Yesterday, a crisp whole jalapeno was included with my sandwich, like a pickle. So weird.... I guess it's a Hispanic thing. We also got Ice Cream sandwiches! I'm liking the school lunch thing - hehe.

After lunch, we had 5 minutes in the library, then went to Spanish. HATE that class. The teacher spent about 15 minutes playing on his laptop (or whatever he was doing) before he even acknowledged the class. Then, he had them do a worksheet (without any instructions). 1/2 of the class was just sleeping/doing something else.

And I started having a conversation with Jake, trying to convince him to go and asked his teacher for past work from when he was in the hospital. Yeah, he wasn't having anything to do with it.... He didn't want to do the work, so he wasn't going to ask. Come on, Jake! You're KILLING me!

After about 30 minutes, I convinced him to take a note that I had written asking for the assignments and what to do for the final. The teacher "himmed and hawwed" and sighed a lot, then Jake came back with a buttload of homework pages and a copy of the final. Which I took immediately. I'm keeping hold of all of the finals that he has collected. Because the thought of a 14 year old in possession of a final before the final just doesn't seem right..... I don't know what he'd do with it, but yeah.... no. Not gonna happen....

The last 45 minutes of class, he and I worked on 2 worksheets. Most of the time, we texted Julia for answers. Cause she speaks Spanish, having grew up in El Paso. hehe. She was a plethora of information! hehe. We got a whole passage translated! I was surprised at how much he and I together actually knew, though.

Finally, it was the last class. We went to English, and the teacher said that we could just go home. She and the class were watching a video, and there was no real reason for us to be there. She would mark us present for the day! Sweet! 1 1/2 hours early! So we headed home.

Jake finished off one of his English books, and took his test that he needed to finish off, and then had a small amount of free time. I got the little kids from the bus at 3:30, then CPT was home too. I dropped Tom off at the movies at 4pm. The 6th graders were going to see "Battleship" at the theater. He was so excited.

We had dinner, and CPT and Jake got into it again, and I got drug in again. Sigh. I'm not really sure what it's all about. The disrespect thing again. Yeah, Jake doesn't like being told what to do. And there are things that he NEEDS to do. But I think that we have to find other ways to tell him what to do, without him KNOWING that we are telling him what to do. Brute force doesn't always work. But CPT doesn't see that... As if my life isn't full of enough stress. Now I have it from one more angle.... I need a migraine pill...

I fixed dinner for the kids, and then CPT and Joe went to Hockey practice. I had to go and meet a lady about a Miche purse issue, and took the kids with me. Then went to pick up Tom from the movies. We were home by 7:00pm or so. We had dinner, then had some free time. I got my blog done, and my store loaded. It's now 8:00pm. And I need to put the kids to bed. And I'm super tired. I don't know how working moms do it. I really don't.

I have a fast pace, but it's all fun stuff. Not boring stuff. I think the boring stuff takes WAY more energy than the fun stuff. My most saddest thing is that Kari and Erin BOTH are moving next week. And I'm missing ALL of the playing and exercising and lunching while I'm at school with Jake.... Not that I'm bitter or anything.... No, I'm not, really. I'm just sad that I can't play with my friends. I love my son, and wouldn't risk his safety for the world!!!

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